What warms your heart during the holiday season? Hot cider? Cinnamon rolls? The lights on the Christmas trees? The faces of children?
One of my favorite parts of Christmas is seeing the lights on houses. My girls and I began a tradition of driving around on Christmas Eve to see the lights. This tradition started when the girls were too little to help take down church equipment, and when John had to stay and help put everything away after the Christmas Eve service. We didn’t want to go home without John, so we would drive around and see the lights, trying to time getting home at the same time as John. This tradition has stuck, and I love it.
But as many things I’ve found that warm my heart during Christmas time, I am aware that these things do not last. The lights get taken down, the cinnamon rolls and cider must be exercised away, and children get tired of their new toys. I don’t say this to be a Grinch (another movie that warms my heart!), but I say it to remind myself and you what does last beyond the Christmas season. We all know this, but by writing it, I am reminded to take joy and let my heart steep in this knowledge…what does last beyond Christmas?
The peace of Christ!
In Galatians chapter one, it is written…
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (Galatians 1:3-5 ESV)
We can take such joy in the knowledge that Christmas is about Christ coming so that we can have peace and joy and warmth in our hearts forever. Praise be to Jesus!
Please help us to enjoy all of the gifts of the season remembering that you are the one gift that truly matters, and truly lasts. We love you with all our hearts and souls, and thank you for all you have given to us, and all you will do for us in the future.